United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Honor San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro with Inaugural "American Business Champion Award"

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced today that it will honor San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro with the inaugural American Business Champion Award. The award will be presented during the "Celebrating the Growth and Prosperity of Hispanic-Owned Businesses" Networking Reception, set to take place January 14th at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

This special recognition is bestowed upon an elected official or community leader whose work fosters the economic prosperity of businesses at the local level.

"We are proud to present this award to Mayor Julian Castro -- a rising star within the national political arena -- who understands the importance of implementing policies that foster business and innovation in the city of San Antonio," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "His three terms in office have proven that he is committed to advancing the public good of his constituents, and we couldn't be prouder of the work he's done on behalf of San Antonio's small business community."

During his term in office, San Antonio has been hailed as one of the fastest-growing large cities in America. Since 2010, the city has embarked in 17 new residential projects within the downtown area alone, creating investments of nearly $400 million dollars in private capital, which will deliver over 2,700 new housing units throughout San Antonio.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our nation's economy," Mayor Julián Castro said. "In San Antonio, we're proud to support the vital role they play in creating jobs and spurring entrepreneurship."

"Mayor Castro exemplifies the promise of the next generation of Hispanic leaders," said Chairman of the Board Marc Rodriguez. "His time in office is not characterized by political rhetoric, but by tangible actions that resonate with local businesses and the communities they serve. We present this award to Mayor Castro knowing that this is only the beginning of a legacy that young Americans will aspire to for years to come."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic owned businesses nationwide that contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.USHCC.com

CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce